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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Sunday January 6th, 2019 :: 12:26 p.m. PST


Deputies arrest 35-year-old Latesha Smith for Arson

DATE/TIME: January 5, 2019 4:58 a.m.


LOCATION: 2400 Block of Needles Highway

SUSPECT: Latesha Smith, 35 years old, resident of Eastover, South Carolina

On Saturday, January 5, 2019 at approximately 4:58 a.m., deputies from the Needles Police and Sheriff’s Department responded to the 2400 block of Needles Highway reference an arson. While enroute to the location, deputies were advised a female subject had started a fire then assaulted staff. The female, identified as Latesha Smith, left the location as deputies arrived. Smith was contacted near the Best Western where she was taken into custody without incident.

Smith was taken into custody and booked for Arson and transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Due to medical reasons, Smith had to be transported to the High Desert Detention Center, where she is being held on $250,000.00 bail, pending a court hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Bengard of the Colorado River Station (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-crime (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Deputy Bengard

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760)326-9200

Case No. 211900015

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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